Advances in Earth Science ›› 2001, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (2): 189-193. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2001.02.0189

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CHEN Jie 1,ZHANG Xue-lei 1,GONG Zi-tong 1,WANG Jun 2

  1. 1.Institute of Soil Science,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Nanjing210008,China;
    2.Mapping Bureau of Jiangsu Province,Nanjing  210008,China
  • Received:2000-02-23 Revised:2000-07-08 Online:2001-04-01 Published:2001-04-01

CHEN Jie,ZHANG Xue-lei,GONG Zi-tong,WANG Jun. PEDODIVERSITY:A CONTROVERSIAL CONCEPT[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2001, 16(2): 189-193.

 The concept of pedodiversity and its measurement methodology proposed and developed by Ibáez were introduced.An attempting application of pedodiversity to analyze spatial soil variation and distribution patterns at the world scale was briefly demonstrated.Futhermore,constructive comments and criticisms on pedodiversity and its measurement from the noted pedologist and ecologist were outlined.Finally,potential applications of pedodiversity in soil science and other relevant disciplines were discussed.

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